Meet The Team

The Gapforce Family

We are proud to be a closely-knit team, based both in our UK office and across the globe. Our staff are the foundation and sacred portals of knowledge that allow us to build and offer truly unique gap year programs. The faces you see below are the magnificent team that ensure our participants have unique and empowering adventures on their gap year and volunteering programs

World-class Expedition Leaders

Outside our main headquarters in London, England, most of our staff are based across the world in a variety of our gap year destinations. Being based in the very countries that our programs run from means our staff have an unparalleled local knowledge and are consequently able to continually develop the programs through regular communication with our UK support team. These exceptional international staff members are paramount to the success of our programs and the ability for our programs to make a real impact through sustainable volunteering and marine conservation. 

Our Expedition Leaders have been rigorously trained directly from the ground-up (literally!) in safety, group education, wilderness survival and so much more. This truly makes them the best outdoor experts for our gap year adventures and group programs. Our Expedition Leaders are of the highest standards, and quite simply incredible at what they do; with them, our participants continue to have the ultimate experiences on our trips.


 Our Support Staff   Our Program Leaders


Your London Advisor Team

James Catterall

James

Manager
james@gapforce.org

James took his own gap year and travelled extensively throughout Australia, before graduating from the University of Bristol and starting an extensive career in adventure travel. James joined Gapforce in 2009 and has enjoyed watching the company grow. James is a keen runner and his dream destination is South Africa!

Nick Beardsley

Nick

Advisor - USA
nick@gapforce.org

Nick joined Gapforce in October of 2013 as a gap year advisor. Born and raised in Baltimore, Nick now lives in Chicago and heads up our team in the USA. Nick loves to talk travel, and recalls his favourite trip throughout South Africa, including the mother city, Cape Town.

Aaron Butterfield

Aaron

Operations Coordinator
aaron@gapforce.org

Aaron got the travel bug at 16 when he went to Venezuela and hasn’t looked back since! He’s been to 27 other countries since then, inspiring a real passion for helping other people start their journey into ecotourism. He’s lived and worked abroad for the last four years, and when he’s not travelling he’s usually either working on a photography project or planning his next adventure.

Lelde Leoke

Lelde

Groups Coordinator
lelde@gapforce.org

Lelde, born and raised in Latvia, has always had the passion for travel. While pursuing her finance and management degree from Loughborough University, she travelled extensively around the world and embarked on her first mountaineering expeditions. While mountains is her destination of choice, she enjoys exploring rivers, jungles, oceans and cities as well.

Mike

Mike

Digital
mike@gapforce.org

Mike first developed a passion for travel while heading out to volunteer in South Africa at age 16. This taught him at an early age the importance of experiential education for young people around the world. He has since lived, worked and volunteered abroad, including South America, Africa, Asia and Europe. When Mike is not traveling, he can be found training at the gym or doing Yoga.

Dr Raj

Dr Raj

Medical and Safety
info@gapforce.org

Raj is one of a select few individuals that has successfully climbed, unguided, the highest mountain on every continent in the world. It is because of this that Raj is our consultant doctor, allowing us to provide the highest level of safety and medical support. Raj has operated in some of the most inhospitable places imaginable from mountain, desert, polar and jungle environments, right through to warzones.

Marcus Watts

Marcus

Founder
marcus@gapforce.org

Marcus Watts has been at the forefront of Gap year safety. He has been an active member of the Youth Explorers Trust, a member of the Year Out Group, the UK regulator and elected Chair of the Year Out Group. He has also been elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, for services to exploration.

Marcus Watts

You

Your Special Role
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Expedition Staff

Colin Gap Year Program Leader

Colin

Expedition Leader Trainer - UK & Overseas

Jade Gap Year Program Leader

Jade

Expedition Leader Trainer - UK & Overseas

Marcus Watts

Elliot Swinney

Expedition Leader

Matt Smith Gap Year Program Leader

Matt Smith

Expedition Leader

Sev Gap Year Program Leader

Sev

Expedition Leader - Ski

Barney Gap Year Program Leader

Barney

Expedition Leader

Stefan Gap Year Program Leader

Stefan

Expedition Leader

Gap Year Program Leader

Joe

Expedition Leader

Gap Year Program Leader

Rich

Expedition Leader

Gap Year Program Leader

Ryan

Expedition Leader

Gap Year Program Leader

Victoria

Expedition Leader

Gap Year Program Leader

Nicola

Expedition Leader

Gap Year Program Leader

Paul

Expedition Leader

Gap Year Program Leader

Jamii

Expedition Leader

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Will

Expedition Leader

Gap Year Program Leader

Terry

Expedition Leader

Gap Year Program Leader

Jamie

Expedition Leader

Gap Year Program Leader

Henry

Expedition Leader

Gap Year Program Leader

Charlie

Expedition Leader

James Gap Year Program Leader

James

Partner - West Africa

Leo Gap Year Program Leader

Leo

Partner - Thailand

Raj Gap Year Program Leader

Raj

Partner – Nepal

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